Moving forward together
On 1 July the programme leadership group held a session to get a better understanding of each other’s roles and responsibilities and what opportunities this could bring for our integrated care system. This was a great chance to build on existing partnerships and agree our approach to working together across the whole workforce programme.
“I am really grateful to everyone who made the time to attend this session and for making a personal commitment to work collaboratively to make our region a great place to work. For many this is on top of the day job – so no mean feat! What was clear from our time together was the amount of expertise and experience we have between us. I do truly believe the future is ours to create and shape. There are busy but exciting times ahead as we now start to set clear areas we need to deliver on.” Director of workforce transformation, Lisa Crichton-Jones
Primary care workforce strategy
NHS England/Improvement (NHSE/I) is leading on developing a primary care strategy for the north east and north Cumbria. Health Education England (HEE) has supported NHSE/I by working with primary care stakeholders through the emerging primary care training hub to draft the workforce element of the strategy. It is now proposed for NHSE/I and HEE to work with the integrated care system (ICS) to broaden engagement in order to finalise the primary care strategy alongside the development of the five year plan for the ICS (with a national submission currently expected in Autumn 2019), to ensure alignment. For more information contact email@example.com
Health Education England (HEE) nursing workforce workshop
On Thursday 25 July, chief nurse and allied health professionals lead from Health Education England (north of England) Ray Walker will present the implications of national strategy for the nursing workforce and the detail of the nursing workforce programme that is being supported by HEE in Cheshire and Merseyside. If you wish to attend, please book a place on the nursing workforce workshop.
The workshop will be an opportunity to consider whether having a nursing workforce programme would be helpful locally and what might be included if so (in addition to current and planned nursing workforce activity). Consideration will be given about links to placement activity following recent discussions at the HEE placements strategy workshop on 20 June 2019. The workshop is open to all stakeholders and feedback will be shared at the directors of nursing provider and systems meeting on 26 July. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Strategic workforce planning
Health Education England (HEE) has offered to support members of the transformation and strategy board and stakeholders with strategic workforce planning workshops across the north east and north Cumbria, with the aim of informing the integrated care system (ICS) five year plan that is due to be submitted nationally in Autumn 2019. For further information, contact Lisa Crichton-Jones.
Promoting our region as a great place to live and train
Our regional NHS find your place campaign, which aims to attract more medical trainees to the north east and north Cumbria and is a collaboration across all our trusts, continues to grow from strength-to-strength.
The progress of the campaign was recently recognised by the regional medical and dental advisory group which committed to funding the campaign for a further two years. Recently published trainee fill rates show a 10.5% increase since 2017/18.
At the same time funding has been agreed to support the expansion of the campaign to nursing with a view to potentially extending this to allied health professionals and social workers. Progress is being made to establish a task and finish group to move this forward and will include communication and marketing representatives from trusts across the patch with strong links to professional leads and Health Education England North East.
Developing our future leaders
£285,000 is being invested to further develop our system leadership programmes across the region thanks to a successful bid for funding from NHS England. This will include a programme of clinical engagement with a focus on primary care and GP engagement, as well as enabling work led by the North East Leadership Academy (NELA) for future leaders on population health management. An additional £45,000 has been secured to incorporate co-production and collaboration into the leadership programme in Cumbria (Cumbria Learning and Improvement Collaborative).
Workforce transformation hub
Our colleagues at Health Education England in the north east and north Cumbria have secured funding to set up a workforce transformation hub which will include:
- support for a primary care training hub for the north east and north Cumbria, aligned to national developments for a hub for each STP/ICS. The hub will provide a strategic voice for primary care workforce. It will provide workforce expertise and work with primary care stakeholders to identify and deliver on local primary care workforce priorities
- establishment of a faculty of advanced practice to support the development of the current workforce into advancing practice roles, including advanced clinical practice and physician associates
The workforce transformation hub will have four small ‘place-based’ teams who will split their time working across the north east and north Cumbria to support the delivery of local primary care workforce priorities and working with general practices.
Talent management leads
Funding has been secured through Health Education England and the Leadership Academy to support the appointment of seven system talent management leads across the north. Working closely with the North Regional Talent Board and partners these new roles will focus on identifying and developing future leaders including reducing vacancies and gaps at board level. For more information contact email@example.com